Two years ago, I started a series I called Playing Pepper, where I asked questions of bloggers of each major league team about the season to come. Not only was that informative and entertaining, it led to the spawning of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. With spring training coming up, it’s time to get back into shape by again playing a little pepper.
Here is the intro to Playing Peppers 2011 New York Yankees, which lists all the participants and their great baseball blogs that are definitely worth a look:
If you ever want to get a strong opinion, toss out the word “Yankees” to a group of baseball fans. Some may love them, some may hate them, but all of them have some sort of feeling about them.
The tradition and history of the Yankees appeals to a lot of people, while their checkbook baseball (or at least, that perception) turns off just as many. So, what’s the one good thing about the biggest team in the biggest market? There are a lot of great bloggers to tap.
Kate Conroy writes for the blog Lady Loves Pinstripes. You can find her thoughts over there or follow her on Twitter or Facebook to get a different perspective on the Yanks.
Gregg Snyder, Jr. pens Double G Sports, which not only covers the Yankees but also other New York sporting teams, both professional and college. Keep up with him on Twitter as well as Facebook, or give a listen to his regular Blog Talk Radio show.
Yanks Go Yard is written by Andrew Corselli as part of the FanSided network. You can find him over on Twitter as well.
Even if you don’t like the Bronx Bombers, stick around through the jump as we discuss what their biggest weakness is in 2011.
C70: What is your opinion of the Yankees off-season?
LLP: The Yankees off-season was a media circus. Between Derek Jeter‘s contract negotiations to Cliff Lee going to the Phillies to Andy Pettitte retiring, the Yankees just couldn’t get a break. Then the team signs the best closer in the American League, maybe in baseball and there is a public disagreement between GM and owners. Looking back, it was actually refreshing for me as a fan to see my Yankees get a reality check. It broke my heart at times, but the team is so blessed already and I think as a whole Yankee Universe is better for it.
DGS: The Yankees offseason was one of misfortune. The team put to much stock on one player, Cliff Lee, and the result was missing out on him and the other top free agents that could have certainly helped this years club. They were able to improve the bullpen and all a few other niec pieces. Rafael Soriano and Pedro Feliciano make the bullpen a strong point. Andruw Jones and Russell Martin can contribute if they stay healthy.
YGY: I’m kind of on the fence about the team’s offseason. First and foremost, I’m glad the Cliff Lee situation didn’t work out. Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve loved for Lee to be in pinstripes but a seven-year deal worth about $154 million for a 32-year-old is absurd…even by Yankee standards.
Andy Pettitte retired, what can you do? However, I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll see him pitch again; I don’t know why but I have a feeling he’ll pull a Roger Clemens and come back at some point this season.
The Soriano contract is stupid with all the opt-out clauses, the Jeter contract is an albatross and I don’t know if Mo will last two more years. Then again, he’s Mo; he’s been known to do the impossible.
Despite the fact that he’s in Boston, I wish Alfredo Acevces well. He threw me a ball during batting practice in 2009 and I’ll always be a fan of his. I want him to succeed, just not when he’s playing the Yanks.
Finally, they doled out a lot of minor league deals to over-the-hill veterans, but I think one of them will step up and be a decent starter. I also like the Eric Chavez signing, I think he’ll stay healthy enough to be a good bench player.
I guess if you forced me to pick a side, I’d say I was disappointed with the offseason. Then again, the pickens were slim with free agents and the team really didn’t lose much from last year’s 95-win team.
- Halladay Goes 6 Shutout Innings, Phils Beat Yanks (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New York Yankees Notes: Cashman Again Talks About Pettitte (pinstripealley.com)
- How ‘Bout Them Yankees? (gabrielaltieri.wordpress.com)
- Yankee Great Yogi Berra Taken to Hospital After Fall (foxnews.com)
- Yankees Vs. Red Sox: Looking At The Facts Spells A Different Story For Rivalry (ladylovespinstripes.com)